Re: Oregon lumber traffic

Dave Nelson

Post WWII the ICC slowly changed rates for lumber moving to the east coast.  Before the war rates were such that west coast lumber was rather hard to sell along the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast as southern lumber was much less expensive, largely because of a rate-mileage advantage.  That slowly changed and west coast lumber reached equality of price in spite of the much greater distance it travelled.  IIRC it changed a bit more (in favor of the west) and the Lake front cities and upper Atlantic coast markets sold mostly western lumber.


Dave Nelson


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Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Oregon lumber traffic

Here's one more data point on Lumber traffic originating on SP in Southern Oregon at Ashland.  I have two wheel reports from 1949 and 1950 showing mostly lumber loads headed out of Ashland for points east and south (CA).  The 1949 train has 31 lumber loads headed to points in the midwest and east coast, and only 3 loads headed for California. 5 of the cars headed for the midwest and east coast are SP cars. The 1950 train contains 18 cars headed to midwest and east coast, and 13 loads (mostly SP cars) headed for points in California. Of course this is only two trains, but does show that not all lumber from Oregon went to California, and that SP cars loaded with lumber could easily end up on the East Coast. Geographic eastbound traffic off the Siskiyou Line in Southern Oregon was routed through Klamath Falls to the SP's Modoc Line which joined the SP mainline to Ogden in Nevada.

Ken Roth


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